BAFE, the independent register of fire safety service providers, has released a new instructional video promoting the benefits of third party certification. The video, entitled ‘What is Third Party Certification?’ and available either on the BAFE website or BAFE’s YouTube channel, has been created to act as an educational tool for the end user audience.
After the devastating Grenfell Tower fire and following on from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety conducted by Dame Judith Hackitt, there has been an increased focus around acting on fire safety responsibilities ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’. This emphasises the responsibility of the individual appointed for fire safety within a building and actions they can take to minimise fire risk to the best of their ability in accordance with national fire safety legislation and Government guidance.
Frazer Wisniewski, BAFE’s marketing manager, informed Risk Xtra: “With the growing attention the fire industry has been understandably receiving of late, it’s important to educate the wider audience on the importance of third party certification. With a greater understanding, we aim to help drive demand for third party certificated fire safety service providers. Until such time that there’s a clear legislative definition of competency for these specific services, we firmly believe that UKAS-accredited third party certification is the best independent evidence of competency within the fire safety industry.”
Stephen Adams, BAFE’s CEO, added: “First and foremost, we encourage people to specify UKAS-accredited third party certificated providers in the best interests of life safety. We anticipate a much stronger emphasis on competency by Government and the Fire and Rescue Services in the future fire sector landscape, and third party certification will be a key element of this.”
Third party certificated companies must successfully complete stringent and regular assessments to ensure that they can suitably perform specific services. By specifying this certification as a requirement demonstrates that end users have taken constructive action to find a competent provider.
*To view the new video and for further information on UKAS-accredited third party certification visit www.bafe.org.uk